Breakheart Loop

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Breakheart Loop is a 6.3 mile loop trail located near Exeter, Rhode Island that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking & walking and is accessible from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Did this today (October 27). Foliage was really nice. Pretty colors, and nice open trails. Didn't have any scenic views or overlooks besides the pond. Probably would be better for a run, or bike ride. Nice area to park, and well marked trail. Bring orange vests this time of year because of hunters. I believe the sign said October to February.

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6 Completed 5 Reviews

Great little hike here. Did it last year with a few friends. Easily navigable. Plenty of scenery, ponds, water, etc. Some decent hills and terrain to traverse as well. Recommended for a nice morning hike!

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5 Completed 3 Reviews

This was a lovely hike, especially in the fog and rain. The combination of weather, moss decked trees, and serene quiet added a mysterious note to the hike. A number of old New England farm ruins are strewn throughout the woods. Two large foundations, a well, and a number of feral apple trees are well worth a quick excursion off the trail. The old dam and fish ladder are also interesting, lending further mystique to the pond. I would very much like to find out more about this area and why the pond is no longer managed. That aside, the loop is very easy, consisting mostly of compacted trails that vary little in elevation. I will definitely hike here again.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Awesome place to go hiking and go fishing. Very quiet and peaceful. Great exercise. Loved it.

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5 Completed 1 Reviews

A very fast trail for biking, very fun. The loop around the pond is fairly flat, compact dirt. I added in the Tripp Trail at the end of my ride for some elevated riding. Nice place, will be back for more.

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Carlos Ortizrosa

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

It was really nice, well kept and super huge. It seems to be a bit for everybody. The only thing for me was that I was never able to find a map directory of the trail system to decide which one to do. I never found out if they have a little center were i could get these maps or what? I ended up just going into one. I think next time I'll mountain bike to cover more ground. It was still an awesome place.

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99 Completed 84 Reviews

The Breakheart Pond Loop combines an easy walk around the pond with a more strenuous hike up Penny Hill. The hike ends with a 2 mile stroll along a old fire lane. The starting point was at the end of Frosty Hollow Road, crossing over a fish ladder and on to an easy dirt road (Austin Farm Road) . At the intersection of the Escogeag and Ben Utter Trails on your left, take the Yellow blazed Breakheart Trail on your right a few yards further down the dirt road. This will take you up Penny Hill, the most difficult part of the hike. At 370' it is one of the highest points in Arcadia Management Area. Views are only visible in winter, the trees block your views otherwise. Going down the other side is easy, the trail emerges on a gravel-dirt road, Austin Farm Road. You will be back to your car in about 2 miles following the Yellow blazes. A good stretch of the legs.

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50 Completed 6 Reviews

Arcadia is a great area to go hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing/x-country skiing (when there is enough snow). You can also fish in Breakheart (or Frosty Hollow, if you're a youth). This loop (especially if you add JB Hudson, as I have on the map) adds a few hills into the mix, but nothing difficult (a nine year old could do either loops, and probably both). Plus there are plenty of sights to see along the trail. In late May / early June you're sure to see Lady Slipper orchids along the trail.

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